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Dave Chappelle understands trade better than Donald Trump

In a recent comedy routine, Dave Chappelle summarized President Trump’s position on trade relations with China by saying, “I’m gonna go to China, and I’m gonna get these jobs from China and bring ‘em back to America.” Chappelle then replied, “For what, so iPhones can be $9,000? Leave that job in China where it belongs … I wanna wear Nikes, I don’t wanna make those things. Stop trying to give us Chinese jobs.” Dave Chappelle gets it. While initially being a ̶...
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As expected, Trump’s visit to a Florida hospital was criticized by the media

Last night I wrote a brief post about President Trump’s visit to a Florida hospital which treated some of the students injured in the Parkland shooting. I said that Trump’s ...

A silly indictment

(Paul Mirengoff) John, Steve, and Scott have already offered analysis of Robert Mueller’s indictment of Russians. I might as well add mine. I think the indictment...

Liberals try to claim Florida shooter was “trained by the NRA”

Since the Florida school shooting happened in an election year, liberals have been working valiantly to somehow tie the National Rifle Association to the tragedy. This isn’t a new phenomenon, but some of them seemed to think they’d struck gold when they found out about a marksmanship progr...

Fincher drops out of Senate race

The Tennessean: Stephen Fincher halts U.S. Senate bid, encourages Corker to seek re-election. ...

Why Mueller Didn’t Indict the Russians For Meddling In the Presidential Election

(John Hinderaker) I wrote here about Robert Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russian citizens and three Russian companies. The indictment is an odd one, as I pointed out: Its very first paragraph recites that it is against the law for foreign nationals to spend money to influence US elections, or for agents of foreign countries to engage in ...

McMaster on yesterday’s indictments: It’s now “incontrovertible” that Russia interfered in the 2016 campaign

Trump was reportedly ecstatic that the indictments noted that his associates ...

Ellison speaks…a little more

(Scott Johnson) In his Wall Street Journal column a week ago yesterday, Jeryl Bier reported that Minnesota Fifth District Rep./Democratic National Committee Vice Chairman Keith Ellison and Nation of Islam Supreme Leader Louis Farrakhan had a reunion of sorts in September 2013: The occasion was a visit by Iran’s newly elected President Hassan Rouhani to the United Nations. Mr. ...

Empowerment or exploitation: Olympian Aly Raisman poses nude for SI swimsuit edition

This month’s highly anticipated annual swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated features Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman posing nude. The word “Fierce” and a sentence “Women Do Not Have To Be Modest To Be Respected” cover her side facing the camera. It’s all ...

Notes on the indictment

(Scott Johnson) John and Steve have written good posts on the indictment against Internet Research Agency et al. handed up by the grand jury in the Special Counsel investigation yesterday. The government has posted the indictment ...

Idaho defies Obamacare — but will feds intervene?

Republicans didn’t get a chance to repeal ObamaCare in 2017, but at least one state has decided to test how far the Trump administration will go in enforcing it. After HHS signaled that states might be able to allow the sale of non-ACA-compliant plans, Idaho decided to take the leap. Now, ...

Chicago inmates cheer accused cop killer, face reprisals

How bad have things gotten in Chicago? This bad. As you may have already heard, Chicago Police Commander Paul Bauer was murdered in the line of duty by a felon who he was pursuing. Shomari Legghette shot Bauer six times with a handgun, killing him. After being arrested and taken to jail, Legg...

The Week in Pictures: Indictments Edition

(Steven Hayward) So finally, Rocky the Flying Squirrel (aka Rod Rosenstein) and Bullwinkle (aka special prosecutor Robert Mueller) have indicted Boris and Natasha. I won’t be happy until Misha the Olympic bear is brought down, too. This nested doll of a scandal will probably go on longer than The Simpsons. Meanwhile, I won’t hold my breath for Russia to extradite any of the 13 who were indicted yesterday. More likely they’re all being awarded old copies of the Le...

White Supremacist Mass Murderer? Oops, Never Mind

(John Hinderaker) When some goofy member of a white supremacist group–by the way, if you ever encounter a white supremacist, please hang on to him and give me a call, I’ve never met one–told news outlets that mass murderer Nikolas Cruz was a member of his organization, Democratic Party media jumped all over it. It was reported as fact, even thought there was no confirmation whatsoever that it was true. The Associated Press was one Democratic Party organization that...

Trump visits Florida hospital, meets with school shooting victims

President Trump visited a Florida hospital Friday afternoon where victims of the Parkland school shooting were recovering. He announced he would be making the visit earlier today on Twitter: I will be leaving for Florida today to meet with some of the bravest pe...

Religious Freedom Restoration Act Advances in Iowa Senate

Iowa Senate Chamber Photo Credit: Samir Luther (CC-By-SA 2.0) Iowa’s version...

Kamala Harris: How can we be proud of a country where our babies are being slaughtered?

You make a good point, Kamala Harris. A society that doesn’t value children’s lives *is* sort of garbage, isn’t it? I’m glad we’re all on the ...

Fox Butterfield, is that you?

(Scott Johnson) James Taranto has moved on from his daily online Best of the Web column and his recurring documentation of New York Timesthink under the catchphrase “Fox Butterfield, is that you?” Butterfield was the Times reporter endlessly befuddled by, or indignant over, high incarceration rates coupled with low crime rates. Invoking Butterfield, Taranto noted cases of reported contradiction where correlation was more like it. CBS Minnesota affiliate WCCO ...

NLRB: Google’s firing of James Damore didn’t violate federal labor law

James Damore is the former Google engineer who was fired last year after a memo he wrote about hiring practices at the company went viral. Today, Bloomberg reports the National Labor Relations Board has issued a 6-page memo stating that Damore’s firing was not a violation of federal labor law:...

Lenient sentencing legislation clears committee but with mortal wounds

(Paul Mirengoff) As expected, the lenient sentencing bill — “The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act” — pushed by a bipartisan group of Senators cleared the Judiciary Committee this week. Unexpectedly, at least to me, five Republicans voted against it, including Majority Whip John Cornyn who sponsored the legislation two and a half years ago. T...